Dr. Irina Erman, Program Director


Irina1%5b1%5dDr. Irina Erman

Assistant Professor of Russian Studies

Russian Studies Program Director


Email: ermanim@cofc.edu

Office: JC Long Building, room 401





BA Summa cum laude, Emory University, 2004

MA in Slavic Literatures & Cultures, Stanford University, 2006

PhD in Slavic Literatures & Cultures, Stanford University, 2012



“‘Husband Under the Bed’: Cuckoldry, Logorrhea and Confined Spaces in Dostoevsky’s Early Works”  Russian Review 76:2 (April 2017), 311-330

“The Autobiography of ‘A Living Plagiary’: Vasily Rozanov’s Secret Dostoevskian Genealogy,” AvtobiografiYa No 7 (2018), 171-190

Review of Deborah Martinsen and Olga Maiorova (eds). Dostoevsky in Context. (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015), The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 46.1 (March 2019), 171-174

“Nation and Vampiric Narration in Aleksey Tolstoy’s ‘The Family of the Vourdalak” Russian Review 79:1 (January 2020), 7-27

“Sympathetic Vampires and Zombies with Brains: The Modern Monster as a Master of Self-Control” The Journal of Popular Culture 54:3 (June 2021), 594-612


Conference Presentations:

“Communal Vampirism in Alexander Bogdanov’s Red Star,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2019

“Returning to Dostoevsky’s “Vdrug”: Rupture, Repetition and Surprise,” International Dostoevsky Society Conference, 2019

“How a Man Killed His Wife: Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata and Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Dead House,” AATSEEL Annual Convention, 2019

“Diminution, Repetition, and Decomposition in Dostoevsky’s Poor Folk and ‘Bobok’,” ASEEES Annual Convention,  2018

“Stage Curtains and Their Role in Dostoevsky’s Performative Poetics,” ASEEES Annual Convention,  2017

“The Specter of Achilles and the Spectacle of Svidrigailov’s Suicide in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment,” AATSEEL Annual Convention, 2017

“Footnotes Fetish: Textuality and Sexuality in Vasily Rozanov’s Typographical Performance Art,” ASEEES Annual Convention,  2016

“Bombing at the Theater: Violence, Performance and Narrative Rupture in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Works,” Narrative 2016: The Annual Conference for the International Society for the Study of Narrative

“Nation and Vampiric Narration in Aleksey Tolstoy’s ‘The Family of the Vourdalak’,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2015

“Overeating: Rozanov’s Grotesque Autobiographical Intertextuality,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2014

“Staging Domestic Spaces: Dom and Discourse in Dostoevsky’s Works,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2012

“I’ve got ‘Your Pushkin’ right here! Imitation, performative kenosis, and the model of the Russian writer,” ASEEES Annual Convention, 2010


Courses taught:

RUSS 101: Elementary Russian Language I

RUSS 102: Elementary Russian Language II

RUSS 202: Intermediate Russian Language II

RUSS 390: Special Topics in Russian

LTRS 210: 19th Century Russian Literature

LTRS 220: 20th Century Russian Literature

RUST 250: Vampires

LTRS 270: Studies in Russian Film

RUST 300: Gender & Sexuality in Russian Culture



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